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Gavin Philips of Thermopolis, a University of Wyoming master's degree candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, placed second for his research at the recent annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium (RMBS) at Copper Mountain, Colo.
He received the award for his paper on next-generation wheelchair concepts.
John Benson of Gillette, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering, placed third in the poster category for his work on developing a sensor based on the vision system of the common housefly.
Both students are part of the research team led by faculty members Cameron Wright and Steven Barrett.
Other electrical engineering students presenting papers at the conference were Leslie Benson (Gillette), Alyssa Cooper (Riverton), Kim Creaser (Douglas), Kari Fuller (Moorcroft), Geoff Luke (Cheyenne), Michael Stephens (Laramie) and Erica Weber (Cora).
Jeff Anderson, electrical and computer engineering assistant lecturer, served as symposium's program chair.
The RMBS is a nonprofit organization of university educators and industry personnel that provides a forum to share recent advances in bioengineering. The RMBS has been held annually since 1964 at sites in and around the Rocky Mountain area.
Although originally started as a regional conference, the RMBS enjoys participation from bioengineering researchers from around the United States and the world. UW will host the 2010 conference with Barrett and Wright serving as conference program chairs.